Sunday 21 December 2014

Union calls for motor tax switch to post offices

Published 18/08/2014 | 02:30

Post offices have been earmarked for closure
Post offices have been earmarked for closure

THE Government has been urged to introduce motor tax services at post offices.

The Irish Postmasters' Union (IPU) has said the initiative, if introduced in October's Budget, could save the taxpayer €27m over the next five years.

IPU president Ciaran McEntee said it would be a major boost to the post-office network.

"Many people do not realise the ever-increasing range of services available through the Post Office. As well as the standard Postal Services and Welfare Payments; Post Offices now provide Passport Express, NTMA savings, property tax, Garda fixed fines, dog licenses and banking services," he said.

"We know there is strong support for keeping post offices at the heart of the community and postmasters want to work with government, financial service providers and customers to provide the products and services that will make this happen.

"The success of the passport express system is an example of what the post office network can do," Mr McEntee added.

A report by Grant Thornton on the future of the post office network found that moving the renewal of motor tax to post offices could save the taxpayer €27m over five years.

Irish Independent

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